Sincere Ignorance: Helen Keller

Helen Keller. Sometime during grade school, you learn about her story and how she’s a model for us all to overcome any disabilities and challenges we face. How her teacher and mentor, Anne Sullivan, represents enormous will and passion not to give up on our youth.

That’s it.

Her story ends. You learn she becomes successful later in life, but further details into her exploits are kept vague at best.

There’s a reason for that. For one, Keller was extremely critical of the government:

“Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means we choose between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. We elect expensive masters to do our work for us, and then blame them because they work for themselves and for their class.”

– Helen Keller in reference to the American political system.

“For our governments are not honest. They do not openly declare war against Russia and proclaim the reasons. They are fighting the Russian people half-secretly and in the dark with the lie of democracy on their lips and the indirect weapon of the blockade in their hands.”

– Helen Keller in an article published by the New York Call, November 10, 1919 in reference to a blockade of Russia by Japan, The United States, and Great Britain during Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War.

She was also a socialist.

You don’t hear much about that do you?

This is further proof of how Hollywood shapes Americans perceptions of so many things.

Yet this iconic scene from the 1967 film, The Miracle Worker is almost instantly recognizable, even for children.

Her being a socialist is public record, left around in numerous biographies, covered in documentaries. But she’s primarily know as “the blind and deaf child who overcame her disabilities with the help of a great teacher”. Which is an insult to someone who did so much afterward.

Well, her being a socialist is just the tip of the iceberg for this outstanding woman.

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